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Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 5 released

Redmond has released Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 5 (SP5). The product is ready and free for registered customers to download or order on CD.

SP5 is packed with fixes for the 6.0 versions of VB, Visual C++, Visual Foxpro, Visual J++ and Visual SourceSafe. It also includes fixes for some of the issues with Visual Studio 6.0.

Download SP5 or learn more by going to Microsoft's Web site.

Click here to learn more about the bug fixes in SP5.

BW CRC32 OCX 3.0.0 released

The third time for BW CRC32 OCX isn't so much a charm as it is a speed demon. This version is about 200% faster than its predecessors.

Version 3 adds support for Unicode strings and adds events to retrieve errors and warnings.

Go to for more information.

MZ-Tools 2.0 released

This refreshed add-in for VB adds a task list, line numbers, default controls properties, add module header, reload component, toolbar and customizable shortcuts.

There are other features, but we're running out of space. Go to for more info.

MemAccess Library released

The folks at Zealsoft want you to check out MemAccess Library. It gives programmers control of hardware devices from Win32 application without using the Windows Drivers Development Kit.

The product also allows real-time direct access to memory mapped I/O.

Need to get rid of those old BASIC Peek or Poke statements? MemAccess is a fitting replacement. Visit for more information.

Grid Tools 1.0 released

DBI Technologies has a new set of Grid Tools that supports text, numeric, date, time and boolean data, built in calendar and multi-column combo boxes, masked input, cell styles and tool tips.

Again, we could go on, but our space is limited. Check out DBI on the Web for more details.

DateUtilX 1.5 released

Need some help manipulating dates and handling events? You may want to make a date with McKisic Software.

The company has released DateUtilX 1.5. That's the ActiveX component you may be looking for. Check out for more details.

Sheridan and ProtoView merge to form Infragistics, Inc.

What do you get when you take Sheridan Software and add ProtoView Development? You get Infragistics, Inc. This new company will be based in Cranbury, NJ.

Sheridan specializes in visual development components and tools for Visual Studio. Protoview's thing is Java and ActiveX components.

The new company will deliver to developers the multi-platform services and products they need in these Web-centric times.

Infragistics plans to release components written in C# for the .Net environment later this year.

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